What is your favorite story about Jesus? One of mine is found in Mark 4:36-41, which reads as follows:
Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was.Â And other little boats were also with Him.Â And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.Â But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow.Â And they awoke Him and said to Him, â€œTeacher, do You not care that we are perishing?â€Â Then He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, â€œPeace, be still!â€Â And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.Â But He said to them, â€œWhy are you so fearful?Â How is it that you have no faith?â€Â And they feared exceedingly and said to one another, â€œWho can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!â€
Reading this display of power over something as uncontrollable (for us) as the wind and sea always gives me a feeling of great security. So many things in our lives are completely out of our control. The very idea that the God I serve has the ability to control those things is a source of great comfort.
However, thereâ€™s another point to this account that Iâ€™m finding is just as comforting:Â
The very fact that the Son of God was in the boat, meant that it was not going to sink!Â
Just like the disciples, terror rises up in us and we forget who weâ€™re traveling with. How often do we pray for God to change the circumstances that are raging against our little boat? We find ourselves in the midst of a squall and we run to God and say, â€œDonâ€™t you care that Iâ€™m perishing?â€Â We beg for our â€œPeace, be stillâ€ moment, but it doesnâ€™t come.
In our scenario, it is as though Jesus says to us, â€œFor reasons you arenâ€™t going to know right now, it is the Fatherâ€™s will that this storm continue.â€Â
Whoa!Â That is NOT the answer we wanted! We thought that since we do have faith that He has power over everything that He was supposed to exert that power to make everything calmer around us! Not necessarily.
Remember the picture of Jesus asleep on a pillow in the midst of the storm? He had perfect peace while it was still raging, not just after it was over.
If we listen, we will hear Him continue the answer to our prayer, â€œI may not calm the raging sea around you, but I am with you in this boat. I promise you, no matter how much water pours into it and no matter how loud the wind howls, this craft WILL NOT sink with me in it. And I promise that I â€˜will never leave you nor forsake you.â€™â€Â (Hebrews 13:5)Â
Praise God!Â He wonâ€™t leave us alone!
And I find as I sit with Jesusâ€™ arm about me that even though the storm hasnâ€™t abated, the fear doesnâ€™t rise up in me as it did before. â€œThe Lord is my helper. I will not fear.â€ (Hebrews 13:6)Â I am not perishing while the Master is with me.
So, thereâ€™s really only one question to ask when the hurricanes of life are barreling down upon your vessel.
Is Jesus in your boat?Â If so, grab a pillow and enjoy the breezeâ€¦
Â© Christy Freeman